HILLSBOROUGH, N.C., Oct. 16 (UPI) — The office of a North Carolina county Republican Party was vandalized in an act of “political terrorism,” according to a state GOP official Sunday.
Hillsborough police said a bottle of flammable liquid was thrown through the front window of the office in Orange County, which is 38 miles northwest of Raleigh, overnight Saturday.
Police said the words, “Nazi Republicans get out of town or else” were spray painted on the side of an adjacent building, Balloons Above Orange.
The flammable substance burned some furniture and damaged the building’s interior, police said.
“The office itself is a total loss,” Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of state GOP told The Charlotte Observer. “The only thing important to us is that nobody was killed, and they very well could have been.”
The damage was discovered Sunday by another business owner.
Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens said law enforcement officials are investigating the incident.
“This highly disturbing act goes far beyond vandalizing property; it willfully threatens our community’s safety via fire, and its hateful message undermines decency, respect and integrity in civic participation. I believe I speak for the overwhelming majority of people who make Hillsborough their home. Acts like this have no place in our community.”